Statement Regarding AIDS
The following guidelines are based on current epidemiological data indicating that individuals with AIDS or a positive HIV antibody test do not pose a health risk to other students.
- Consideration of the existence of AIDS, or a positive HIV antibody test will not be a factor in the admission of prospective students or the continuing enrollment of current students.
- Students with AIDS, or a positive HIV antibody test will be afforded normal classroom attendance, working conditions, participation in extracurricular activities, and access to all University facilities, functions and events. However, such individuals accepted to WTAMU or currently enrolled will be informed of the risks to their well-being associated with certain academic disciplines involving some laboratory experiments and working with certain academic disciplines involving some laboratory experiments and working with diseased humans or animals.
- Students with AIDS, or a positive HIV antibody test will be given assistance, as with other illnesses, in obtaining appropriate medical care, education, and accommodations.
- Regular medical follow-up and supportive counseling will be encouraged for those who have positive results on an HIV antibody test. Special provisions to protect the health of students with AIDS will be considered during outbreaks of such contagious diseases as measles, rubella, and chicken pox. Decision for removal of the student from the classroom or dormitory setting for his or her protection when cases of communicable diseases are occurring in the school population, will be made by the student's doctor and the student in consultation with the director of Life Services.
- Student Medical Services at WTAMU offers testing the HIV antibody test. There is a nominal fee for this test. Student Medical Services personnel will also provide referral information so that students can obtain free AIDS testing if they desire. Patients must return to the clinic to get HIV lab results.
- Students will not be subjected to screening for HIV without their consent. An informed consent will be obtained before screening is done.
- Students who have concerns about the presence of a person with the HIV virus should contact the Student Medical Services Department to meet with a trained counselor who can respond to their concerns.
- Upon request, Medical Services will provide educational programming regarding HIV issues. Programming will be available to students, faculty, administration, or the community.
- In accordance with existing University procedures and requirements, a student's medical record is confidential information, and such information may not be released without the individual's permission, except as otherwise required by law. By law, HIV is a reportable disease in the state of Texas. However, any such report will identify the individual by number and not by name. Except for such legally required reporting, confidentiality of medical conditions will be maintained.
- The University will take necessary steps to insure the safety of all individuals participating in laboratory experiments, fieldwork experiences in the community health care settings, and university related activities for the handling of blood, blood products, and body fluids.
- The Student Medical Services Department and staff will review its protocol annually to ensure that it is consistent with the guidelines proposed by the Texas Public Health Service and recommendations by the American Hospital Association for handling blood, blood products, and body fluids for persons with AIDS, or a positive HIV antibody test.
- The University will establish communication and coordination with the City-County Health Department as well as the Panhandle AIDS Support Organization to obtain current medical and referral information.